Asics GT-2160: The Revival of a Classic Running Shoe

Gabriel Rivera

By Gabriel Rivera

Published December 24, 2023

Since Asics relaunched the Gel-Kayano 14 three years ago, the shoe has gained significant attention and was even named GQ’s official sneaker of 2023. With the market flooded with throwback performance sneakers, the Kayano 14 continues to stand out as a popular choice both online and offline. However, Asics is not resting on its laurels. The brand has shifted its focus to another archival model, the Asics GT-2160, which appears to be the new star of the show.

A Look Back at the GT-2160

The GT-2160 is part of Asics' structured running category, designed to offer more support for overpronators at a lower price point than the flagship Gel-Kayano series. Runner’s World recognized the GT-2160 as the Best Shoe in the World in 2011, praising its 'rock-steady stability' and 'plush cushioning.' Asics saw a growing interest in 'vintage tech' models, leading to the decision to bring back the GT-2160 as the successor to the Kayano 14.

The Power of Collaborations

Asics enlisted fashion-world collaborators like Kiko Kostadinov, Justin Saunders, Cecile Bahnsen, Dime, and Gallery Dept. to infuse new energy into the GT-2160. These collaborations aim to present traditional running models in a fresh light, appealing to a younger audience. The unique interpretations by these designers have created significant buzz and have quickly sold out, hinting at the potential for further success.

The Future of GT-2160

Asics has introduced a variety of general release options for the GT-2160, featuring covetable colors and the signature mesh-silver mix. Even the less prominent versions of the shoe are selling out quickly, indicating a promising future for the silhouette. It seems that the GT-2160 is poised to make a significant impact in the new year and beyond.